Calling All Sleuths: Napa County Searching for Photos of Past Supervisors

Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon is on a historical quest and, if you enjoy a challenge, you may be able to help.

Dillon has spearheaded an effort to obtain photographs of all supervisors who have served on the Board over its 163-year history. So far, 64 have already been obtained, which means the county just needs another 48. Among them is John M. Hamilton, who served on the very first Board of Supervisors which convened in 1852; Isaac Newton Larimer, who was elected to the board in 1857; Theron Hotchkiss Ink; Zenas W. Garfield; Milo Milton McFatridge; Ephraim Light; Bismark Bruck; and Hampton Smith Geer.

The project is “an off-duty labor of love,” says Dillon. She hopes the photos—to be posted on the back wall of the board chamber—will encourage people to take more interest in the county’s history. Residents are being asked to forward any photographs to Joann Melgar at

Read more about Dillon’s quest here.